you ARE what you EAT (Part 2)

If you ARE what you EAT, then what does that make YOU?  For some, this can be a scarey thought…

The food you eat affects your skin – some foods are really good for it, offering the nutrients and emollients that make it look smooth and young, but some foods can really have a detrimental effect on your skin. It’s kind of scary to think about all the bad foods we eat and the potential harm we are doing to ourselves, just by choosing to eat certain things. Since no one has officially found the fountain of youth… let’s look at some of the foods that we should be eating to combat wrinkles, dry skin, breakouts, and all the other things on our face that we are trying to avoid.

Water. The number one thing that you can put into your body if you want great-looking skin is water. The more water you drink, the more you flush all of the other stuff out of your body and the healthier your skin is going to look.

Green tea. When you’re not drinking water, you should be drinking green tea. This contains polyphenols which have anti-inflammatory characteristics. You can drink it cold or warm. Avoid adding sugar or milk to it if you want the best benefits for your skin.

Low-Fat Dairy Products. One the most important components of skin health is vitamin A. One of the best places to get it is low-fat dairy products.

 Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and plums. These four foods are high in antioxidant. Eat them alone, toss them in cereal or add them to the sides of other dishes to increase the healthiness of your skin all throughout the day.  These are just to name a few…but I am sure you have heard about some of the other “super-foods” that are high in antioxidants — like pomegranite and acai.

Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, and Flax Seed. These seemingly unrelated foods all deliver essential fatty acids, and thus are key foods for healthy skin.

This is one of my favorites…it is easy to grill and still keep it healthy.  Just rub a little olive oil on both sides of the filet, sprinkle a little salt, pepper and bay’s seasoning salt…then grill and squeeze lemon on top.  Voila! (add a little pico de gallo on the side and some veggies on top of a little brown rice and you are good to go).

Or, if you are like me and don’t have  a lot of time to cook…head over to Fish City Grill or to Half Shells.  I LOVE the way they prepare their salmon.

 

REMEMBER…don’t only eat foods that are good for you, but watch how you are preparing them.  It would be awful to think you are doing so good by eating fresh fruit…but in reality you ate a dozen chocolate covered strawberries.

Stay tuned as we venture into methods of relaxation during the holiday craze…

Faryn Clark, Owner